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Best

NAPLES - Fred W.E. Best, 98, of Naples, died Saturday, March 3, 2001 in Naples.

Graveside services wer at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Valhalla Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home in Naples.

Mr. Best was born Feb. 9, 1903 in St. Louis, Mo. He was a retired building contractor and a member of the Naples First United Methodist Church. He also was a mason (32nd degree) and a shriner. He was a former resident of St. Louis, Mo.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Ben and Carolyn Best of Naples; grandchildren Kim Norman of Rowlett, Kristi Truelove of Dallas, Ben Best Jr. of Marietta; six great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle E. Best.

Burns

PITTSBURG - Nellie R. Hailey Burns, 62, of Pittsburg, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001 at Titus Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at North Avenue United Methodist Church in Pittsburg. The Rev. Lowell Ford officiated. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Pittsburg under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home of Pittsburg. Pallbearers were be Octavious Davis, Vincent Nelms, Leo Wright, Tinsley Payne, Bradis Mathis and James James. Honorary pallbearers will be Mack King, J.H. Clayton, Ray Johnson, Chris Hollins, Charles Smith and Edgar Sheppard.

Mrs. Burns was born Oct. 17, 1938 in Pittsburg.

She is survived by her daughters Melba Commock, Sherita Armstrong both of Dallas, Betty Sheliah Burns Rodgers of Daingerfield; sons Tony M. Hailey of Longview, Edwin G. Hailey of Pittsburg, Tedrick B. Burns of Dallas; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; mother Goldie M Rogers of Pittsburg; sisters Bobbie A. Myers of Columbus, Ga., Lillie B. Nelms of Cincinnati, Ohio, Janett Stewart of Pittsburg, Donna Hailey of Houston; brothers Woodie Hailey Jr., Joe Hailey, John Hailey all of Houston.

Fry

Richard Leonard Fry, 81, of Mount Pleasant, died Friday, March 2, 2001 at Pittsburg Nursing Home.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at Bates-Cooper Funeral Chapel. Bro. Johnny Hailes officiated. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant.

Mr. Fry was born June 30, 1919 in Katy. He was a crane operator in construction. He was a Baptist.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Richard Clyde Fry of Ball, La., Michael Dale Fry of Mount Pleasant; James Harold and Daisy Fry of Centerville, Miss., Barry Brenson and Delta Fry of Houma, La.., Arnold Keith (Simon) and Karen Fry of Mount Pleasant; daughters and sons-in-law Barbara Sue and Bob Young of Flagstaff, Ariz., Nelda Jeanette and John Ormsby of Sioux City, Iowa, Tina Clara and James Brown of Mount Pleasant; 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren;

sisters and brothers-in-law Ivra Marie (Sister) and Everett Ehlert of Hockley, Iris Ann (Johnny) and Robert Schlecte of Rockdale; special friends Mary Crowley of Woodstock, Ga., Barbara Fry of Monroe, La., Joann Stanley of Pineville, La., Linda Campbell of Holland, Ind., Nelwyn Ritchie of Mount Pleasant, Jean Forster of Saline, La. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy Christopher and Annie Naomi Roe Fry; wife Clara Belva Hinshaw Fry; sister Irene Burns; brother Leroy Fry.

Gage

James Herman Gage, 64, of Mount Pleasant died Friday, March 2, 2001 at Titus Regional Medical Center. 

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 at Bates-Cooper Chapel. Officiating was Bro. Jim Parker. A private graveside service was held at 2 p. m. on Monday, March 5 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Tex.

Pallbearers were Jackie Ervin, Terry Ervin, Joe Grant Gage, Alfred Macklin, Paul Morris, Anthony Talant, Charley Von Diezelski, Chris Von Diezelski, Johnny Leech, Michael Whitney and Ricky Martin.

  Born Aug. 25, 1936 in Paris, Mr. Gage was the son of Jessie Herman Gage and Mildred Sicotte Gage.

He was employed by Southland Corp. and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include sister and brother-in-law, Clara Ann and Albert Whitney of Mount Pleasant; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph William and Kay Gage of Diboll; nephews, Joe Grant Gage of Hope, Ark. and Phillip Kirk Gage of Fort Knox , Ky. nieces Sandra Kay Pressley of Plano; step-daughter, Nancy Higgins of Hurst; step-sons, Charley Von Diezelski and Chris Von Diezelski, both of Hurst; six step-grandchildren and several cousins

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nadine Gage, sister, Bernadette Gage Kizer; niece, Angie Kizer and nephew, Butch Kizer.

Garrett

Ervin A. Garrett, 91, of Mount Pleasant, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001 at Titus Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2 at Bates-Cooper Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Clint Davis officiated. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Jim Buchanan, Bill Sinclair, Buster Walker, Welton Wilbanks, Jim Davis and Rex Clay. Honorary pallbearers were the Blalock Sunday School Class.

Mr. Garrett was born Sept. 3, 1909 in Fitzhugh, Okla. He was a maintenance supervisor at Fina for 37 years. He was a 50-year member of First Baptist Church, past member of the Good Sams Club and a member of the Blalock Sunday School Class. .

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Marie P. Garrett of Mount Pleasant; sons and daughter-in-law Earl Garrett of New Eagle, Pa., Nolan and Judy Garrett of Plano; sister Cordelia Davis of Burleson; six grandchildren; one step-grandchild; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents David Garrett and Birdie Moore Garrett; one brother.

Hill

Martha Ann Hill, 40, of Mount Pleasant, died Friday, March 2, 2001 at her residence in Mount Pleasant.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 5 at Erman Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Pittsburg. The Rev. Lyle Hess and the Rev. Cecil McLeod officiated. Interment was at Nevills Chapel Cemetery in Titus County. Pallbearers were Codey Hill, Cole Hill, J.R. Bednar, Nathan Lockaby, Bubba Overstreet, Kevin Baker.

Mrs. Hill was born Aug. 10, 1960 in Lone Star. She lived in Mount Pleasant for 20 years, moving from Pittsburg. Mrs. Hill was Pentecostal.

Survivors include husband Robert Micah Hill of Mount Pleasant; mother and step father, Betty Overstreet McCaw and Bobby Dean McCaw of Pittsburg; two daughters and son-in-law, Jessica Hill of Mount Pleasant, Penny and Jessie Quick Jr. of Pittsburg; five brothers and sisters- -in-law, Perry and Janet Overstreet of Mount Pleasant, Leo and Judy Overstreet of Pittsburg, Johnny Overstreet of Pittsburg, Jeanie and Gerald Reader of Mount Pleasant, Roger and Marie Bednar of Pittsburg; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Roy McCaw of Pittsburg, Gayla and Robert Murphy of Pittsburg, Peggy and Kelsey McCaw of Pittsburg; numerous nieces and nephews. She as preceded in death by her father Johnny E. Overstreet.

Killough

TALCO - Arva Green Killough, 91, of Talco, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001 at Titus Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2 at Capitol Hill Funeral Chapel in Oklahoma City, Okla. Bro. W.O. “Dub” Mowery officiated. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Killough was born May 19, 1909 near Garland, Okla., the daughter of Fred and Bobbie Davis Green. She was a former resident of Stigler, Okla. She graduated from Shafter High School in Shafter, Calif. in 1930, and also had a diploma from Stigler High School with the Class of 1929. She was a long time employee of Northern Oklahoma Hospital in Enid, Okla. and later became a licensed practical nurse, working in nursing homes in the Oklahoma City area. She married John Robert Killough Jan. 19, 1945 in Los Angeles, Calif. They moved to Stigler in 1946 and to Oklahoma City in 1949. Mrs. Killough was a member of the Church of Christ and moved to Talco in 1993.

She is survived by her brother Harry Eugene Green of Stigler, Okla.; many nieces and nephews; host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband John Robert Killough, who died Dec. 15, 1980; parents; two sisters; three brothers.

Lester

HAGANSPORT - Vivian Lester, 67, of Hagansport, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001 at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Harvey Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Vernon. Interment was in Colliers Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sandy Cannon, Kenneth Cannon, Van Stanley, Eddie Rhoades, Dan Stanley and R.Q. Tower. Honorary pallbearers were Leo Matthews, Bill Payne, Dean Cannon, Rusty Barker and Eugene Ottinger.

Ms. Lester was born Aug. 26, 1933 in Franklin County, the daughter of Loy Clifton and Ima Rieger. She worked for Mount Vernon schools for many years.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Kathy Schroeder of Hagansport, Theresa and Paul Simpson of Richardson, Lavonne and Rad Copeland of Hagansport, Dianna Holliefield of Plano, Sherry Ward of Garland; sister Peggy Bartlett of Hagansport; aunt Artie Pheiffer of Longview; grandchildren Chris Schroeder of Castle Rock, Colo., Tina Bonner, Loy Simpson, Susan Simpson all of Richardson, Clint Hutchins of Hagansport, Clifton Holliefield, Kelly Holliefield, Kacie Holliefield all of Plano, Sacha Renfrow of Garland; a host of other relatives.

Newman

GILMER - James E. Newman, 72, of Gilmer, died Friday, March 2, 2001 at Medical Center in Tyler.

Mr. Newman was born July 27, 1928 in Titus County.

He is survived by his children Donna Seaton, Debbie McPeters, James R. Newman, Robin M. Newman, John C. Newman, Jeffery W. Newman; brothers Donald, Darrell, Paul, Leon, David; sister Sue. He was preceded in death by his parents Val and Velma Newman.

Parchman

MOUNT VERNON - Beulah Parchman, 94, of Mount Vernon, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001 at Mission Manor.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2001 at Harvey Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Bob Walker officiated. Interment wasin City Cemetery in Mount Vernon.

Mrs. Parchman was born Oct. 12, 1906 in Cumby, the daughter of Pearce Taylor and Nora Hankins. She was married Feb. 28, 1925 in Mount Vernon to Alvin Parchman.

She is survived by her children Aline Swafford of Sulphur Springs, Jodell Wiginton of Orlando, Fla., Carol Arnold of Ovilla, Dan Parchman of Mount Vernon; sister Lorene Groom of Mount Vernon; grandchildren Steve Swinford, Don Wiginton, Alan Wiginton, Sandra Parchman, Robin Williams, Michele Parchman, Laurie Hall, David Arnold; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1976; grandson Danny Wayne Swinford.

Perkins

Thelma Christine Perkins, 86, of Mount Pleasant, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2001 at SunBridge Nursing Center.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2 at Curry-Welborn Funeral Home Chapel. Tony Rolings officiated. Interment was in Adams Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Pat Campbell, Gary Campbell, Randy Dunn, Danny Smith and Russell Dunn.

Mrs. Perkins was born July 16, 1914 in Mount Pleasant, the daughter of Emory Dunn and Florence Chapman. She was a member of Dellwood Baptist Church..

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Dorothy Perkins of Overland Park, Kan.; sister Myrtle Campbell of Marshall; grandchildren Mark Perkins of Albuquerque, N.M., Kim Perkins of Tampa, Fla.; great-grandchildren Lindsey Perkins and Jordan Perkins. She was preceded in death by her husband Cull Perkins; brothers Arvle Dunn, Lloyd Dunn; sister Opal Perkins.

Rich

MOUNT VERNON - Roba Rich, 95, of Mount Vernon, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001 at Mission Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Harvey Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. A.J. Hightower and Joe Bass officiated. Interment was in Purley Cemetery.

Mrs. Rich was born Jan. 26, 1906 in the Purley Community, the daughter of Charlie Vinyard and Maud Davis. She worked for many years in the nursery at First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children Buster Rich of Glenn Heights, Bobby Rich of Sugar Land, Charlene Bonds of Hamlin, Martha Phillips and JoAnn Rich, both of Mount Vernon; sister Ennis Williamson of Mount Pleasant; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Gattis Rich in 1994; son Bill in 1995; great-grandson Ricky Lawlis.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Smith

Etna Roach Smith, 82, of Mount Pleasant, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001 at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 1 at First Christian Church. Randy Burks and Robert Dougherty officiated. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant under the direction of Curry-Welborn Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Harold Douglas Ford, Michael James Ford, Steven Cope, Bob Dougherty, Paul Cope and Vic Joyce. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Boatner’s Home Furniture.

Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 12, 1918 in Mount Pleasant, the daughter of Jess Roach and Hortence French. She was a bookkeeper for Boatner’s Home Furniture for more than 20 years. She was a charter member of the First Christian Church of Mount Pleasant.

She is survived by her mother Hortence French Roach Morris of Mount Pleasant; sister Mary Jo Dowlen of Georgetown; nephew Rick Dyer of Broken Bow, Okla.; nieces Patsy Ford of Tulsa, Okla., Jimmy Lou Joyce of Katy; granddaughters Jana Dougherty, Jeri Cope of Lacygne, Kan., Jayle Blaylock of Emporia, Kan., Jackie Sawyer of Boca Raton, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; son Jerry L. Smith; twin sister Edna Roach Dyer.

Memorials may be made to Cypress Basin Hospice or the SAFE-T Shelter.

Thomas

Hubert Thomas, 85, of Mount Pleasant, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001 at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 1 at Bates-Cooper Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Harold Amerson and Bro. C.W. Pilgrim officiated. Interment was in Old Union Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. Pallbearers were be Ronnie Moore, Norman Moore, James Jobe, Billy Reynolds, Johnny Miles, Dewayne Thomas and Bobby Ziedy. Honorary pallbearer was Carl Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was born Aug. 22, 1915 in Mount Pleasant. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a maintenance tech worker for the highway department and a member of Old Union Baptist Church.

He is survived by his son Sammy Thomas of Mount Pleasant; daughter and son-in-law Mary Jane and Norman Moore of Mount Pleasant; daughter Bonnie Sue Thomas of Mount Pleasant; brothers and sisters-in-law Houston and Ellen Thomas and Ottis and Mavis Thomas, all of Mount Pleasant; sister Frances Robertson of Mount Pleasant; grandchildren Ronnie and Alicia Moore of Winnsboro, Misty Moore, Carl Thomas, Mandie Thomas, Candie Thomas, all of Mount Pleasant. He was preceded in death by his parents George Wesley Thomas and Dollie May Taylor Thomas; wife Martha Jane Reynolds Thomas; numerous brothers and sisters.

Willson

Cattie Justiss Willson, 91, of Mount Pleasant, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001 at IHS Nursing Home.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Bates-Cooper Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Clint Davis officiated. Interment was in Nevills Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Willson was born Feb. 4, 1910 in Mount Pleasant. She was a retired telephone operator for Southwestern Bell and a member of the Telephone Operators Pioneer Club. Mrs. Willson was a member of First Baptist Church and the Lydia Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her sisters Frances Pasley and Maydeen Watts, both of Henderson, Nev.; numerous nieces; one nephew; one great-nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband Jackson Willson; son Jerry Willson.

Wright

Samuel E. Wright, 83, of Cookville died Friday, March 2, 2001 at Titus Regional Medical Center.

Services were held at 2 p. m. on Monday, March 5 at Curry-Welborn Chapel. Officiating wasBill Anderson. Burial was in Lone Star Cemetery.

Born Nov. 4, 1917 in Lamar County, Mr. Wright was the son of Samuel Uriah Wright and Dovie Pearl Adams Wright. He served in the U. S. Air Force and was a Baptist. He was a professional dry cleaner.

Survivors include his wife, Helen O. Wright of Cookville, sons, Bret Wright and wife Melissa of Naples and Gerald Wright and wife Sandy of Paris; daughter, Sandra Pierson of Fulton; brother, Loyd Wright of Hooks; sister, Alma Skidmore of Paris, six grandchildren , three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. on Sunday, March 4 at Curry-Welborn Funeral Home.


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